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Funded Research degree opportunities

We currently have the following funded Research degree opportunities available.  

ESRC Funded Studentships in Health & Wellbeing Pathway via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership. 

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16553 per year (2017-18 RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years).

The GUDTP is a collborative partnership between Oxford,Open & Brunel University London. The  Health and Wellbeing Pathway is led by Brunel and delivered collaboratively by the three universities.Brunel students on the pathway will be based within the University’s Institute of Environment, Health and Societies (IEHS), a cross-university Institute undertaking fundamental and applied research to address health and wellbeing inequalities and promote social justice. Studentships are available across a wide agenda of the most significant national and global health and wellbeing challenges, offering applicants opportunities to join expert teams. 

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The GUDTP is an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Health & Wellbeing  will be members of the GUDTP Health & Wellbeing Pathway led by the Brunel University London - For further information click here.

The Health & Welbeing theme is home to internationally recognised researchers in sport, health and physical activity and ageing studies. Areas of expertise include - but are not restricted to - 

  • sport, physical activity, health and wellbeing;
  • health and wellbeing in older age;
  • lifestyle behaviours and health inequalities;
  • health and wellbeing among young people, including sexual health and anti-violence interventions;
  • Health economics. 

More information on the Health and Wellbeing research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

How to apply and eligibility

For the Health & Wellbeing pathway, the following documentation below should be sent by email to:

Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Health & Wellbeing pathway.

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A4 single-spaced personal statement, identifying the Pathway and specialist area of interest, and detailing why you are a suitable candidate.  This should include details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2018. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel. 

Deadline for applications is 19 January 2018

 

ESRC Funded Studentship in Education via the Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

Studentships are available as either three year PhD (+3) or four-year studentships, depending on the level of research training already achieved, on a full-time or part-time basis. Successful applicants for a Full-time award will receive an annual maintenance stipend of approximately £16553 per year (2017-18 RCUK rate paid in monthly instalments) for the period of their award (three or four years) plus Fees at the current RCUK rate for Full time or Part time courses. Successful applicants for a Part-time award will be paid pro rata for the period of their award (six or eight years). 

The GUDTP  is a collborative partnership between Oxford,Open & Brunel University London. Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department of Education. Education at Brunel is a leading department in the UK offering the full range of provision at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. In common with the university as a whole the department has a rich ethnic mix among its student population and attracts a significant proportion of students from outside the European Union. The Education Department’s excellence is illustrated by being rated as 10th best in the UK by the Complete University Guide, 2016, and by both Primary and Secondary PGCE programmes being rated as ‘Outstanding in All Areas’ by Ofsted in October 2015. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 60% of the Education Department’s research was world leading or internationally excellent, and 90% of its impact was graded as internationally excellent. 

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The GUDTP is an exciting new collaboration between Brunel, the University of Oxford and the Open University, which offers its students access to innovative social science research training across all three institutions. Brunel DTP students in Education will be members of the GUDTP Education Pathway led by the University of Oxford - For further information click here.

Brunel DTP students on the Education pathway will join the Department’s research provision where they will benefit from Brunel’s specialist expertise in: 

  • History and philosophy of education
  • Inclusivity in Education
  • Teaching and learning in higher education
  • Professional practice, pedagogy and curriculum studies
  • STEM Education
  • Technological innovation in education

Joint Oxford-Brunel supervision will be available where beneficial, drawing on existing external co-supervision practices. More information on the Education research areas available at Brunel is available at http://www.brunel.ac.uk/research/Research-degrees/Grand-Union-DTP.

How to apply and eligibility

For the Education Pathway ,the following documentation below should be sent by email to:

Emma.sigsworth@brunel.ac.uk BUL DTP Manager with the subject header: Grand Union DTP studentship – Education pathway. 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A4 single-spaced personal statement, identifying the Pathway and specialist area of interest, and detailing why you are a suitable candidate.  This should include details of your residential eligibility.  Please see annex 1 of the ESRC postgraduate funding guide
  • Research Proposal – 2000 words
  • Two academic references or names and contact details of two academic referees. One professional reference (if applicable).
  • A copy of your Undergraduate transcript and certificate and Masters transcript and certificate (if applicable).   If you have not yet completed your course, please provide an up-to-date transcript.
  • A copy of your English language qualification, where applicable. Any non-native speaker who has not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview. Following the interview, applicants will receive an initial decision about whether they are being nominated for a Grand Union DTP scholarship. Nominees will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Brunel University Admissions.   A final decision from the DTP Panel on the award of a studentship will be advised by April 2018. All nominees who meet the required standard for doctoral study will also be advised of any alternative opportunities for doctoral study at Brunel. 

Deadline for applications is 19 January 2018

   

PhD Studentship in understanding the relationship between pre-conceptual radiation exposure and chromosomal abnormalities

A three-year funded PhD studentship is available in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University London. The project will start on 1 January 2018 and will be supervised by Dr Rhona Anderson. This studentship is fully funded by the Centre for Health of Radiological and Chemical Agents (CHRC) and covers a generous tax-free stipend and full UK/EU tuition fees which amounts to £21,500 per annum, with annual rises of £1,000 per year for three years. 

You will join a new team within the Environment and Health Theme, who are setting up the CHRC, the aim of which is to explore the health impact of radiological and chemical agents on military personnel and their families. You will be trained in cell culture techniques, cytogenetic analysis to measure genomic instability, microscopy and experimental approaches to evaluate findings. You will develop a valuable set of technical and theoretical expertise that will boost a successful career as an independent scientist. 

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Project details
Funded by the Nuclear Community Charity Fund, CHRC will initially be devoted to support the needs of the aged nuclear community and their families by exploring the health impact of participation at the nuclear weapons test sites in the 1950s and 1960s. CHRC will involve a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists, biologists and toxicologists and will carry out research for translation into evidence-based advice, education and support for potentially affected communities.

The heritable effects of parental radiation exposure pre-conception remain to be fully understood. A number of reports describe an excess of chromosome aberrations in the offspring of fathers who were exposed to radiation (Chernobyl clean-up workers) compared to children of non-irradiated parents with the suggestion that genomic instability induced in the father by exposure to low doses of ionizing radiation has led to transgenerational genomic instability in their children. By contrast, no such instability has been seen in offspring of Japanese A-bomb survivors, other Chernobyl-exposed populations, or in Sellafield workers.

This Doctoral study will analyse cells sampled from descendants of British nuclear test veterans to determine if there is any evidence of cytogenetic abnormalities present in this population. This is part of a much larger cytogenetic and WGS assessment of this population. All findings will be correlated with known clinical effects and determination of risk for future adverse clinical effect.  

Eligibility
Candidates are required to be UK-based and must ensure they fully meet the eligibility criteria of Brunel University London. We are looking for an enthusiastic and high-calibre candidate with an interest in radiation health effects and the combined effects of chemical exposures. The project would be ideally suited to a student with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in the life sciences, or similar disciplines. Master qualification in the life sciences correlated disciplines is highly desirable. If you are a non-native speaker and have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK, you must demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

How to apply
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to Dr Rhona Anderson. If you wish to apply, please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Friday 17 November 2017 to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 covering letter setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • A copy of your English language qualification (where applicable);
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview week commencing 27 November. Applicants chosen for interview will be instructed to submit a formal online application via Admissions. For further information about how to apply please contact the College of Health and Life Sciences Postgraduate Research Student Office at chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk.

 

PhD Studentship in assessment of risks from combined exposures to radiation and chemicals

A three-year funded PhD studentship is available in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University London. The project will start on 1 January 2018 and will be supervised by Professor Andreas Kortenkamp and Dr Rhona Anderson. This studentship is fully funded by the Centre for Health of Radiological and Chemical Agents (CHRC) and covers a generous tax-free stipend and full UK/EU tuition fees which amounts to £21,500 per annum, with annual rises of £1,000 per year for three years. 

You will join a new team within the Environment and Health Theme, who are setting up the CHRC, the aim of which is to explore the health impact of radiological and chemical agents on military personnel and their families. You will be trained in cell culture techniques, cytogenetics, dosimetry and experimental approaches to evaluating mixture effects and will develop a valuable set of technical and theoretical expertise that will boost a successful career as an independent scientist

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Project details
Funded by the Nuclear Community Charity Fund, CHRC will initially be devoted to support the needs of the aged nuclear community and their families by exploring the health impact of participation at the nuclear weapons test sites in the 1950s and 1960s. CHRC will involve a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists, biologists and toxicologists and will carry out research for translation into evidence-based advice, education and support for potentially affected communities.

Very little is known about combined genotoxic effects of different types of ionising radiation and chemical carcinogens. However, there is the possibility that radiation might lead to heightened sensitivity to chemical carcinogens, or that pre-existing chemical exposures might increase the sensitivity to radiation. There is evidence from studies of radon cancer risks among smokers that radiation and chemical exposures combined lead to increased cancer risks, but more systematic studies are needed to elucidate the magnitude of combined effects and to better define the joint risks.

This studentship will conduct proof of concept experiments with cultured cells which will reveal whether combined genotoxic effects between radiation and chemical exposures can occur in principle. This approach will enable us to establish basic cell biological principles which will provide a solid foundation for examining whether combined risks exist under more realistic exposure scenarios. We will exploit a predictive approach which we have established in mixture experiments with genotoxic chemicals. This approach requires that the mixture components (chemicals and radiation) as well as the mixture itself are evaluated in relation to a common adverse outcome (e.g. micronuclei, chromosome translocations) to enable detailed dose-response analyses. These studies will put the assessment of the risks from combined exposures to radiation and chemicals on a sound footing and will set the scene for evaluations of realistic exposures.

Eligibility
Candidates are required to be UK-based and must ensure they fully meet the eligibility criteria of Brunel University London. We are looking for an enthusiastic and high-calibre candidate with an interest in radiation health effects and the combined effects of chemical exposures. The project would be ideally suited to a student with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in the life sciences, or similar disciplines. Master qualification in the life sciences correlated disciplines is highly desirable. If you are a non-native speaker and have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK, you must demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).

How to apply
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to Professor Andreas Kortenkamp. If you wish to apply, please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Friday 17 November 2017 to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 covering letter setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • A copy of your English language qualification (where applicable);
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview week commencing 27 November. 

 

PhD Studentship in Exposure Worry, Ageing and Cognitive Functioning: An in-depth study of Nuclear Test Veterans

A three-year funded PhD studentship is available in the College of Health and Life Sciences at Brunel University London. The project will start on 1 January 2018 and will be supervised by Professor Mary Gilhooly and Dr Will Young. This studentship is fully funded by the Centre for Health of Radiological and Chemical Agents (CHRC) and covers a generous tax-free stipend and full UK/EU tuition fees which amounts to £20,748 per annum, for three years. 

You will join a new team within the Social Sciences, who are setting up the CHRC, the aim of which is to explore the health impact of radiological and chemical agents on military personnel and their families. You will be trained in techniques of cognitive testing, interviewing and survey methods, developing over the project a valuable set of  statistical, technical and theoretical expertise that will boost a successful career as an independent scientist. 

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Project details
Funded by the Nuclear Community Charity Fund, CHRC will initially be devoted to support the needs of the aged nuclear community and their families by exploring the health impact of participation at the nuclear weapons test sites in the 1950s and 1960s. CHRC will involve a multi-disciplinary team of social scientists, biologists and toxicologists and will carry out research for translation into evidence-based advice, education and support for potentially affected communities.

Recent studies demonstrate a potential link between exposure to ionising radiation with premature cellular ageing and also chronic inflammatory responses and as a consequence, to age-related diseases including those which impact on cognitive function. Additionally, any potential impact of exposure to a nuclear test event on cognitive functioning in old age, years of worry about the potential damage to oneself, and potential genetic damage to one’s children, could itself impact on cognitive functioning. It is well established that stress and long-term anxiety have a negative impact on cognitive functioning. The aim of this study is to examine factors associated with an important aspect of healthy ageing and quality of life, namely cognitive functioning.  A special feature of this study is an examination of ‘exposure worry’ and cognitive functioning. Currently there is no such research on cognitive effects of witnessing nuclear tests among UK or other national groups of test veterans.  However this aspect is being explored with increasing priority in relation to populations affected by the Chernobyl and Fukishima accidents.

Eligibility
Candidates are required to be UK-based and must ensure they fully meet the eligibility criteria of Brunel University London. We are looking for an enthusiastic and high-calibre candidate with an interest in radiation health effects, cognitive functioning and ageing. The project would be ideally suited to a student with a minimum of a 2:1 Honours degree in psychology, or similar discipline. An  MSc in psychology, public health, gerontology, or a related discipline is highly desirable. The project would be of particular interest to those wishing to pursue a career in health psychology or clinical psychology.  If you are a non-native speaker and have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK, you must demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).    

How to apply
Informal enquiries are welcome and should be sent to Professor Mary Gilhooly. If you wish to apply, please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by Friday 17 November 2017 to chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 covering letter setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • A copy of your English language qualification (where applicable);
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

Short-listed applicants will be required to attend an interview week commencing 27 November. 

 

PhD Studentship in generic exercise-based rehabilitation for breathlessness

The Centre for Human Performance, Exercise and Rehabilitation (CHPER) at Brunel University London is offering a fully funded PhD studentship to conduct research into the effect of novel approaches to the delivery of exercise-based rehabilitation for breathlessness on respiratory physiology, human performance and health-related outcomes.    

Based and funded by the College of Health and Life Sciences (CHLS), the studentship offers annual stipend of £16,296 plus Home/EU tuition fees, for a maximum of 36 months and starts on 1 January 2018.

The project will draw upon research expertise from researchers from the Departments of Life and Clinical Sciences and research will contribute to the College’s growing reputation in these fields.

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Project overview
Breathlessness is one of the commonest reasons for people seeking emergency department care. In older adults, common underlying medical conditions include chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic heart failure (CHF) and lung cancer. The benefits of exercise-based disease-specific rehabilitation are well established. Historically, there has been little or no collaboration between respiratory and cardiac practitioners in provision of rehabilitation services. Despite compelling evidence, uptake to disease specific-rehabilitation remains poor with gross variations in service design and delivery. The aim of this project is to evaluate generic exercise-based rehabilitation for breathlessness compared to current usual care. In addition, with growing interest in telerehabilitation, this project also aims to provide exploratory data on the feasibility and acceptability of a state of the art decision making tool where patients exercise at home in a virtual group supported by their “Exercise-Avatar” that is currently been evaluated in a cardiac rehabilitation population in the PATHway H2020 programme.

The successful candidate will gain experience in research applied to clinical populations in a rehabilitation setting. This includes exposure to state-of-the-art methodologies to measure pulmonary function and advanced telemedicine technologies. 

The project will be supervised by Dr Jennifer Jones and Dr Mandy Jones in the Dept. of Clinical Sciences. For informal discussions about this studentship, please contact Dr Jennifer Jones

Eligibility
Applicants must be suitably qualified to deliver exercise-based rehabilitation to clinical populations and have relevant experience delivering supervised individual and group exercise to people with chronic heart failure and chronic obstructive airways disease, including patients with significant symptoms of breathlessness and low functional capacity. Applicants should also have experience working in a relevant clinical setting such as cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation, a good undergraduate degree (first or upper second) in physiotherapy, sport and exercise sciences or a related science discipline, and experience in primary data collection and its evaluation in clinical populations.

A master’s degree is desirable but not essential. This studentship is open to residents of UK or EU member state only. Applicants who have not been awarded a degree by a University in the UK will be expected to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 7.0 (minimum 6.0 in any section).  

How to apply
 Please email your application comprising all of the documents listed below by noon on Friday 17 November 2017 to
chls-pgr-office@brunel.ac.uk:

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. your skills and experience);
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • A copy of your English language qualification (where applicable);
  • Name and contact details for two academic referees.

 

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership

Applications are invited from enthusiastic individuals for the London NERC DTP to start September 2018.

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. Our partnership provides innovative doctoral training in a multidisciplinary research environment and fosters links between centres of research excellence, spanning NERC’s environmental science remit.

33 PhD studentships are available across a suite of research themes:

All students will undertake an intensive programme of interdisciplinary core research and professional development training the autumn and spring terms. At the end of term 1, all students will submit a choice of 2 project titles. At the end of term 2, students will present their PhD project plans to the rest of their cohort before joining their primary research institution to begin their project.

Applications to the London NERC DTP programme are not for a specific project, but for a research theme. The projects listed on the site are to provide you with details on what is potentially on offer if you were to be accepted to the DTP. It is expected that students will meet with potential supervisors to discuss and develop their project ideas during the first six months of their PhD training. 

The studentship is for a period of three years (48 months) effective from September  2018  The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home/EU.

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Project details

Application Process

All of our studentships are open to students who qualify for NERC awards and EU nationals. Please ensure you meet the eligibility and residency criteria before you make an application.

  • Nov – Applications open
  • Jan – Application deadline
  • Feb – Interviews held in London
  • Mar – Offers confirmed

All applicants will be required to submit a CV, cover letter, and English Language certification for students from outside the UK.

For more information about applying to the London NERC, see the Resources for Applicants page.

 Eligibility

Applicants are expected to have a 2:1 or higher in a relevant degree, or equivalent work experience.

All of our studentships are open to students who qualify for NERC awards, as well as EU nationals. Please ensure you meet the eligibility and residency criteria before you make an application. Further details can be found in the RCUK handbook.

Residency Criteria:

To be eligible to apply to the London NERC DTP, a student must meet one of the following two sets of criteria:

  • UK Residents eligible for RCUK funding
      • Settled status in the UK, meaning they have no restrictions on how long they can stay and;
      • Been ‘ordinarily resident’ in the UK for 3 years prior to the start of the studentship. This means they must have been normally residing in the UK (apart from temporary or occasional absences) and;
      • Not been residing in the UK wholly or mainly for the purpose of full-time education. (This does not apply to UK or EU nationals – EU nationals who have been in the UK for full time study for the past 3 years or more, do qualify for a full award);
      • Overseas students are not eligible for these studentships.

For purposes of residence requirements the UK includes the United Kingdom and Islands (ie the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man). 

  • EU Nationals eligible for partner funding

In addition to funding from NERC, the London NERC DTP partners have provided funding for a number of fully funded studentships that do not need to adhere to the same RCUK residency criteria.

    • Be a resident of the European Union;
    • Meet the UCL English Language requirements;

Language Requirements:

If your first language is not English you must be able to provide recent evidence that your spoken and written command of the English language is adequate for the programmes for which you have applied. Please click here to view UCL’s list of accepted qualifications. Evidence we require may also take one of the following forms:

  • Completed a minimum of twelve months education in a country that UCL considers to be ‘majority English speaking’, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • Completed a minimum of eighteen months of work experience in a country that UCL considers to be ‘majority English speaking’, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • Completed a school leaving qualification containing English, which UCL considers to meet the CEFR B2 level in all four skills, no more than the summer two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment;
  • Obtained one of the English language tests accepted by UCL, no more than two years prior to the proposed date of enrolment. A number of qualifications and tests are recognised, UCL’s preferred English language qualification being the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The qualification or test result must have been awarded at the appropriate level (standard, good or advanced).

How to apply

For further information on how to apply and what documentation is required , please click here:

https://london-nerc-dtp.org/apply-to-the-london-nerc-dtp/

Closing Date is 11am Monday 8th January 2018

 

PhD Studentships in Electronic and Computer Engineering, Experimental Particle Physics

The College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences at Brunel University London is offering two funded PhD studentships within the Particle Physics Group, UK funded by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

  • One successful applicant will work on the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment (CMS) at the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, Geneva

  • One successful applicant will work on the MICE experiment based at STFC, Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Oxfordshire

Both PhD studentships are for a period of up to four years commencing on or before October 2017 and will include, for CMS, the possibility of a long-term attachment at CERN for a year or longer. The successful applicants will receive an annual stipend (bursary) of £16,553 plus payment of their full time Home-EU tuition fees.

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Project details
The Particle Physics Group has been carrying out research in experimental particle physics for more than 25 years, with its current focus being the CMS experiment at CERN, the MICE experiment at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, and Grid computing for particle physics (GridPP project).

Our CMS group makes a significant contribution to the study of top quark production in proton-proton collisions using CMS data. The group also plays an active role in the maintenance, operation and upgrading of the Silicon Tracker, having contributed to the construction and commissioning of this detector and the current endcap electromagnetic calorimeter. We are looking to recruit a student to study the production of the top quark in both Standard Model and Beyond the Standard Model scenarios using CMS data and to contribute to activities related to the upgrade of the current CMS tracking detector. Successful applicants will also contribute to detector performance studies. A period of long-term attachment at CERN is associated with the CMS studentship.

The MICE collaboration aims to demonstrate the ionisation cooling principle for a muon beam by making one of the most precise measurements of emittance and its reduction through ionisation cooling. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the analysis of data taken in 2016 and 2017. The student will contribute to the precision measurement of beam emittance and emittance reduction across the MICE absorbers. Our aim is to make the most precise measurement of beam emittance ever. This is an exciting opportunity for a PhD student who will be based jointly at Brunel University London and the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.

Eligibility
Applicants will have or be expected to receive a good undergraduate degree (upper second or first BSc) but ideally an MSci/MPhys degree, in Physics or a closely related subject, to be eligible for STFC studentships. Experience of C++ or python would be an advantage, and additionally for the MICE studentship a knowledge and interest in particle accelerators and beam dynamics. The studentships also have eligibility criteria relating to UK residency, for full details of the STFC eligibility criteria and other information, please visit the STFC studentship website.

How to apply
If you wish to apply, please e-mail the following to Group Leader, Professor Peter Hobson as soon as possible: 

  • An up-to-date CV;
  • A single-page A4 personal statement setting out why you are a suitable candidate (i.e. outlining your qualifications and skills);
  • Names and contact details for two academic referees;
  • A copy of your degree certificate(s) and transcript(s);
  • Evidence of English language capability to IELTS 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all sections), if applicable

 Applications will continue to be accepted until all studentships have been filled.

 

You can find all current funded opportunities available in Liquid Metal Engineering (BCAST), here. 

 

For all other research degree opportunities visit our Research Degree homepage.